E-cigarettes and vape liquids contain flavoring chemicals linked to “Popcorn Lung,” a severe lung disease. Exploding batteries have also caused hundreds of injuries and several deaths.
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UPDATE: 14 Hospitalized with Lung Disease After Vaping
Health officials are warning about a sudden rise in severe lung disease linked to vaping after 14 young people were hospitalized in Illinois and Wisconsin in June and July 2019.
The victims all reported cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue that worsened rapidly in the weeks and months before they were hospitalized. Some of them had to be put on ventilators to help them breathe.
What is an E-Cigarette?
E-cigarettes or vapes are battery-operated smoking devices. However, instead of combusting nicotine using a flame, e-cigs use a battery-charged heating element to vaporize nicotine, chemicals, and other substances (sometimes called “e-juice”) into a substance that is inhaled.
E-Cigarette Side Effects
- Popcorn Lung
- Bronchiolitis obliterans
- Fixed airway obstruction
- Chronic bronchitis
- Diseases of the small airway
- And more
Diacetyl in Flavored E-Cigarettes Linked to Lung Disease
In December 2015, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health published a study found that nearly all of the flavored e-cigarettes they tested contain potentially harmful flavoring chemicals.
The researchers analyzed 51 types of e-cigarettes for three “high-risk” chemicals linked to lung diseases. Only four products did not contain the chemicals — but 39 (76%) contained diacetyl, an ingredient used in e-cigarette flavorings like fruit, candy, and alcohol. Another 46 flavored e-cigarettes contained acetoin, and 23 contained 2,3-pentanedione.
What is Popcorn Lung?
Popcorn Lung, also known as bronchiolitis obliterans, is a life-threatening and incurable lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. It occurs when the smallest airways in the lungs, called bronchioles, are scarred and narrowed. This can reduce or stop air-flow through these airways.
The disease got its name in 2004, after it was diagnosed in several workers at a microwave popcorn production plant in Missouri. All of the workers routinely breathed air tainted with diacetyl, a chemical in artificial butter flavoring.
Workers are not the only ones diagnosed with the disease. In September 2012, $7.2 million was awarded to a man who was diagnosed with “Popcorn Lung” after eating two bags of microwave popcorn every day for a decade.
Symptoms of Popcorn Lung
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath on exertion
- Scarring (fibrosis) of the airways
E-Cigarettes Regulated by FDA
E-cigarettes are now regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency originally proposed regulating them as medical devices. However, a federal judge determined that e-cigs should be regulated as tobacco products because they are not used for a medical purpose.
What is the problem?
Advocates of e-cigarettes say they are less harmful than regular cigarettes and they are a powerful tool to help smokers quit. However, critics fear that e-cigarettes could hook a new generation of children on nicotine and create a path to addiction.
Others are concerned that e-cigarettes have become the new way to smoke THC, the active ingredient in cannabis.
According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the number of U.S. middle-school students (grades 6-8) who had tried e-cigarettes doubled from 2011 to 2012 — from 3.3% to 6.8%. The agency warned:
“This is a serious concern because the overall impact of e-cigarette use on public health remains uncertain. In youths, concerns include the potential negative impact of nicotine on adolescent brain development, as well as the risk for nicotine addiction and initiation of the use of conventional cigarettes or other tobacco products.”
Ingredients in E-Cigarettes
Manufacturers of e-cigarettes are not required to tell consumers what is in the product. In 2009, the FDA conducted an analysis of samples from e-cigarettes manufactured by NJOY and Smoking Everywhere. The analysis found the following ingredients:
- Diethylene glycol was detected in one cartridge at approximately 1%. Diethylene glycol, an ingredient used in antifreeze, is toxic to humans.
- Certain tobacco-specific nitrosamines which are human carcinogens were detected in half of the samples tested.
- Tobacco-specific impurities suspected of being harmful to humans—anabasine, myosmine, and β-nicotyrine—were detected in a majority of the samples tested.
- The electronic cigarette cartridges that were labeled as containing no nicotine had low levels of nicotine present in all cartridges tested, except one.
- Three different electronic cigarette cartridges with the same label were tested and each cartridge emitted a markedly different amount of nicotine with each puff. The nicotine levels per puff ranged from 26.8 to 43.2 mcg nicotine/100 mL puff.
- One high-nicotine cartridge delivered twice as much nicotine to users when the vapor from that electronic cigarette brand was inhaled than was delivered by a sample of the nicotine inhalation product (used as a control) approved by FDA for use as a smoking cessation aid.
E-Cigarette Class Action Lawsuit
One of the first e-cigarette class action lawsuits was filed against NJOY in February 2014 in California, according to Courthouse News. The plaintiff, Eric McGovern, alleges that NJOY used deceptive marketing tactics to promote e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. The lawsuit also alleges that NJOY implies their product can be a smoking-cessation aid.
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